Tigmanshu Dhulia told a leading daily that his film is set in the 1840s and will be based on a Hindi novel. He says that he wrote the script a few years ago. And is looking to rope in an international studio for the movie. Dhulia further added, "That will ensure I don't face any censor issues in terms of satellite rights. That being said, I did approach Kareena and Vidya but they weren't comfortable with the script."
Begum Samru is a historical character who started her career as a dancing girl in 18th Century India, and eventually became the ruler of Sardhana, a small principality near Meerut. Later on, she played a key role in the political power struggle in 18th and 19th century India.